Career and Technical Education: New Jersey’s Pathway to Prosperity, is a policy paper produced by the New Jersey Business and Industry Association and the New Jersey Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools.
It says that New Jersey needs a new statewide partnership involving business, education, government, students and parents, to support policies and investments that will expand career and technical opportunities, shrink the skills gap, and ensure New Jersey’s future economic prosperity.
Almost 32,000 full-time and shared-time students are currently enrolled in New Jersey’s county vocational-technical schools, but the demand for CTE programs exceeds the space available. Statewide, county vocational-technical schools get an average of almost 2.5 applications for each available space. In some counties, and for some programs, the demand is much higher. In 2013, roughly 16,700 students seeking CTE programs could not be accommodated.
The paper offers five recommendations as a basis for this new partnership.